Friday, June 30, 2023

Last Minute Entry

The color combo for the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge really appeals to me & it's always good to use some products sitting on the shelf! 
I pulled out 3 Altenew dies:  Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die, Climber Flowers Die Set & Essential Sentiment Strips Die Set.  I didn't have the right shades of cardstock, so looked through my ink pads.  The blossom die cuts were inked with CN9 Fig & Altenew Fuchsia.  The leafy die cuts were inked with Altenew Limeade, Lime & Fresh Leaf.  I didn't want any yellow, so used a gray marker to color the stamen.  For the sentiment strip, I die cut a white scrap that was big enough to also use for a strip inked with Fig & glued behind the letters.  I used foam tape & rolled glue dots to attach the strip.
Usually I put most of the embellishments around my focal point, but this time I added purple Memory Box Fairy Jewels to the blooms & green to the leaves.  Maybe I shouldn't think as much about what to do--haha!  I didn't have much time to get this card made & I really like how it turned out.  I'm also entering Snippets Playground with all the diecutting done from white scraps, SSS Wednesday & WAW.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

End of the Month

Challenges are about to end with July just around the corner!
First is my entry for the Sunshine theme challenge at Pinkfresh Studio.  Unfortunately, I missed the deadline.  They included "bright, summery colors" when talking about what would qualify for the challenge.  I used Copics for my bright rainbow of colors along with some beautiful flowers that bloom with the summer sun.
My favorite PFS Dainty Blossoms were die cut from white scraps & brushed with shimmer.  Love the font of PFS Perfect Sentiments & this cute little black embossed "hi" was just right for this card.  I added a crochet thread bow & some white sequins.
Next is my entry for the Just Add Foil challenge at Poppystamps.  My good friend, Rosemary, inspired me to emboss watercolor paper with BirchPress Prem Layer C die & to add a flower to Poppystamps Dream Butterfly.  
The butterfly was die cut from PTI Dark Indigo cardstock & I used the matching ink to stamp the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings.  I restamped in Versamark so I could add clear embossing powder.  I die cut Poppystamps Layered Lovely Flowers from a gorgeous blue foil cardstock in an old paper pad.  Just seemed like too much white, so I splattered Hero Arts blue metallic watercolor which happened to exactly match the blue foil cardstock. 
I lifted up the petals & added a tiny gem in the center.  My sister's favorite color is blue & she loves butterflies, so this one is being saved for her. 
My last card is for the Memory Box challenge to use dies for the focal point of a card.  One of my latest MB purchases was Floral Bud and Stems die set.  I'm trying to use up some of my old single cardstock sheets kept in a plastic tub.  I found the orange & teal that made for a summery bouquet.  
The background was made with Memento Dandelion ink brushed through SSS 2013 Moroccan stencil.  The frame is Poppystamps Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frame stacked 2 high.  I stamped the sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart in Versafine Clair Nocturne. 
Orange Stickles add a bit of sparkle to the petals & I brushed Poppystamps Grosgrain bow with shimmer.  Finished off with 3 Memory Box yellow Fairy Jewels.
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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Butterfly Note Card

I haven't entered a JUGs challenge in awhile, but the current color combo inspired me to make this card.  
MFT Brilliant Butterflies have such a beautifully unique look, but I've had trouble lining up the layers.  It worked great this time!  Just needed to take time to stamp on scrap paper, line up the diecut negative, insert the diecut & stamp.  The inks are Hero Arts Cornflower & PTI Amethyst Allure.  The fancy wing design is embossed in HA Sparkle ep.  The background is Memory Box Blooming folder embossed on PTI Soft Stone cardstock.  I used a light hand to do direct to paper with a white pigment ink pad.  It made a subtle difference, but is really pretty in person.  You can see it in the video in my IG post, along with the sparkle on the wings.  I die cut MB Just a Note Posh Script from vellum & black cardstock covered with packing tape.  I'm entering JUGs, TTTC211 (Butterfly, Die Cut, Embossing) & SSS Wednesday
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Friday, June 2, 2023

More Cards

Hard to believe it's June!  Luckily, Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero Dance of the Flowers Challenge is still open.  I pulled out the HA Paper Layering Dandelion die that my friend, Betty, gave me long ago.  
I die cut twice from a scrap of cardstock & spritzed one with Tattered Angels Caribbean Blue & the other with Meadow Green.  The shimmery metallic is so beautiful!  I also splattered them with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to tie in with the leftover PFS Small Butterfly which I colored with Spellbinders silver metallic pen.  There's a video in my IG post showing the shimmer & sparkle.  The sentiment from a 2009 HA clear set was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist a couple times on a white scrap & cut with a PTI flag die.  Love the white on white background using HA Bold Graphic Confetti cover plate & the look of droplets from PTI Rainstones.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Snippets Playground.
I've participated in the CCC card exchange for many years.  It's fun to send & receive cards from all over the world.  Last month the optional color combo was 2 shades of blue plus gold.  I made it 3 blues so I had 4 colors to stamp C&9 Botanical Turnabout stamp.  The Hero Arts inks are Cornflower, Soft Sky & Soft Pool.  I heat embossed the gold layer & added gold splatters.  
Gotta say, I really love this combo which I probably would never have come up with.  I used dies that came with the set to make the gold embossed frame decorated with a bloom & leaves.  Here's a close up to try & show the gold embossing.  It looks like a different card, but it's not.
The Poppystamps sentiment was stacked with white, blue & a gold embossed layer.  I found a stamp with the word "Friend" that I could trim for the sub-sentiment.  
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